Announcement | October 20, 2014

The Anderson Receives The Supportive Housing Network of New York’s Residence of the Year Award for “Innovation in the Field”


The Supportive Housing Network of New York (SHNNY) awarded The Anderson with its prestigious Residence of the Year Award for Innovation in the Field at the 2014 Network Gala held on October 15, 2014 at Capitale. The project team was recognized for its perseverance and dedication to create an outstanding environment for its tenants.


Working closely with New Destiny Housing Corporation, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) designed this affordable, supportive rental development, which is 8-stories tall and contains 41 rental units for low-income families and victims of domestic abuse. The ultimate goal of The Anderson was to create a safe and empowering space where families can rebuild their lives. Carol Corden, Executive Director at New Destiny said, “MAP designed a truly beautiful, and green building that now provides safe homes for families fleeing domestic violence.”


Features of the building include a double-height lobby that boasts unobstructed views of the landscaped rear courtyard. The rear courtyard is sunken generating direct daylight to all common spaces, including the community room, laundry room, computer room and children’s room, all of which are located along the rear of the building. All office and security spaces are located on the ground floor in the front of the building lending to the overall security with “eyes on the street”.


The Anderson was designed and built to comply with the NYSERDA Multifamily Building Performance Program for New Construction and fulfills Energy Star guidelines. In addition, this “green” building includes a green roof on the 7th and 8th floor setbacks, a high-efficiency boiler on the roof, low-E fiberglass Energy star windows, low or no VOC paints, primers and caulks, as well as water saver faucets and shower heads and dual flush toilets. The green roof helps manage stormwater, reduces heat island effect and provides insulation to the floors below.


The Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. praised the project and said “partnering with MAP Architects only furthers the case for honoring this beautiful building. MAP has devoted its creativity to our borough for decades.”


Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is an award-winning, full-service architecture and planning firm in New York City committed to sustainable development that builds vibrant, healthy communities. The firm’s specializations include housing, educational and community facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial developments, and community planning. MAP’s clients include community groups, agencies, municipalities, institutions, real estate developers, schools and non-profits in the New York City region, such as The Community Builders, Westhab, Inc., The Doe Fund, Volunteers of America, CPC Resources, Inc., L+M Development Partners, Columbia University, Lutheran Social Services of Greater New York, Procida, Enterprise Foundation, St. Nicks Alliance, Douglaston Development, The Housing Collaborative, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the Fifth Avenue Committee.